Calendar of events

THE MILLION DOG WALK ON GRU DENTAL: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Judicial Center Additional Parking Area, Ninth at Walker Street, parking lot directly behind courthouse; peaceful march, escorted by Richmond County Sheriff’s deputies, marching to the GRU Dental School; dogs that are leashed, vaccinated and friendly welcome; children welcome with adult supervision; facebook.com/events/ 1415944518638727

Carolers sang by candlelight at the Fort Gordon Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Friday, December 8, 2006 CHARMAIN BRACKETT NEIGHBORS  CHARMAIN BRACKETT
CHARMAIN BRACKETT
Carolers sang by candlelight at the Fort Gordon Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Friday, December 8, 2006 CHARMAIN BRACKETT NEIGHBORS

THIS WEEK

SHOE COLLECTION DRIVE FOR THE HOMELESS: Through Friday, Jan. 3; sponsored by Augusta area podiatrists and the Georgia Podiatric Medical Association; donate new or used shoes; take donations to you local podiatrist’s office; all types needed, regardless of size, condition or type

BUSINESS EXPO: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, Boathouse Community Center; City of Augusta Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Department, host; Christopher Hanks, University of Georgia Terry College of Business, speaking on Putting the Spotlight on Success; network and gather information from sponsors and exhibitors; lunch included; free; (706) 821-2406, augustaga.gov/DocumentCenter/View/4791

TREES FOR TROOPS: 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, behind Barton Field Outdoor Theater, Fort Gordon; trees being given to E1 through E6 personnel; first come, first served; (706) 791-2505

FIRST THURSDAY IN MIDTOWN AUGUSTA: 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, midtown Augusta, Central Avenue at Kings Way; The Hill Baptist Church Christmas Food Pantry, Cup Charity; Bill Karp performing at Midtown Market, Leonard Maxey strolling the triangle trumpeting the season; appetizers, specials in shops; tours of Fire Station No. 7; (706)
733-1788

CHRIS KRINGLE MART AND FORT GORDON TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY: Dec. 5, Fort Gordon; Chris Kringle Mart 5 p.m., Barton Field; two trees being lit at 6 p.m. – Barton Field Outdoor Theater and Freedom Park; festival at Barton Field includes hay rides, refreshments, musical entertainment, bonfire, visit by Santa Claus; free, open to the public; (706) 791-6433

TASTE OF BLYTHE: 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, Community Room, Blythe City Hall; specialty items from individuals and restaurants served; silent auction; $5 advance, $7 at door; benefits upcoming new library; (706) 592-0155

MIYAZAKI – SPIRITED AWAY: 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, Jeff Maxwell Branch Library; free; (706)
793-2020

DEATH AT THE OLD MILL POND, AN EVENING WITH SARA SOMMERVILLE:
6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, Jeff Maxwell Branch Library; hear excerpts from Sara Sommerville’s novel Death at the Old Mill Pond, a Southern mystery set in 1950s South Carolina, at the height of the civil rights era; a body is found in the Armstrong mill pond, as farmers arrive to grind corn at the grist mill; free; (706) 793-2020, ecgrl.org

HEALTHY LIVING DEMO: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library; Ame Johnson of the CSRA Vegetarian Society demonstrating healthy cooking techniques, juicing, recipes and answering questions about making healthier choices by following a vegetarian diet; free, registration required; (706) 814-1129, ecgrl.org

FORT GORDON DINNER THEATRE: MIRACLE ON SOUTH DIVISION STREET: Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 5-7, Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre; dinner 7 p.m., show 8 p.m.; enter at Gate 1 on Gordon Highway; ages 16 and older must present an ID, and drivers must present proof of insurance and car registration; reservations required; $30 show only; $35 active duty E6 and below; $42 active duty E7 and above, age 65 and up, retirees, Army civilians; $45 civilians; (706) 793-8552, fortgordon.com/theatre.php

CHRISTMAS AT PAINE ANNUAL CONCERT: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel; presented by the Paine College Concert Choir, R. Wayne Woodson, director; featuring holiday favorites, carols, spirituals and gospel; current choir members and alumni; free, open to the public; www.paine.edu

CSRA PET EXPO: 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library; learn about the rescue groups, pet stores and animal charities in the area; free; ecgrl.org

BOO! AND MERRY CHRISTMAS TROLLEY LIGHTS, GHOSTS, WINE AND JAZZ TOUR: 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, The Book Tavern; get into the Christmas spirit with a ride on the Augusta Ghost Trolley; see the lights and ghosts; refreshments and music by BillKarpCHRISTMASJazz (www.billkarpjazz.com) follows at The Book Tavern; $25, reservations required; (706) 814-5333, augustaghosttrolley.com

AUGUSTA BALLET GUILD HOLIDAY HOUSE 2013: Preview Party 7-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, Augusta Ballet Guild Holiday House, 2627 Walton Way; inaugural Holiday House, a holiday design showcase house featuring over 20 of the area’s finest interior designers and florists; preview party 7-10 p.m. Dec. 6, $65; Holiday House open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 and 1-9 p.m. Dec. 8, $20; wreath and table setting workshops $25; (706) 261-0555, augustaballet.org

AUGUSTA CHRISTMAS LIGHT-UP SPECTACULAR: All day event Saturday, Dec. 7, Augusta Common; vendors; parade 2 p.m., Broad Street; tree lighting; free; parade rules and entry form online; entry deadline Nov. 27; following parade - ornament making, cookie decorating, Polar Express, face painting and visit with Santa,12 Bands of Christmas performing until 8 p.m., Augusta Common; events on Common free; Toys for Tots collecting new, unwrapped toys and Harvest Food Bank colecting canned goods; tickets to 12 Bands VIP tent $30, include food and beverage; (706) 722-8000; Holiday Market Vendor information – www.theaugustamarket.com; parade applications and vendor applications for the Common – www.myaugustadowntown.com; VIP tickets to 12 Bands – www.12bands.org

AUGUSTA-AIKEN AUDUBON FIELD TRIP TO MERRY BRICK PONDS: 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, meet at Popeyes, Gordon Highway, to carpool; $5; ducks have arrived and sparrows should be in; Lois Stacey and Anne Waters lead

COUPONING GET TOGETHER: 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Jeff Maxwell Branch Library; two hours of good conversation and swapping coupons; (706) 793-2020

VIRGINIA COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Virginia College, Augusta campus; collecting Toys for Tots and nonperishable food items for local families in need; bring a new, unwrapped toy and/or a food item to be donated; (706) 288-2500

COMMUNITY FUN DAY – THERE BECAUSE WE CARE: Noon Saturday, Dec. 7, McDuffie Woods Community Center; held by Broadway Baptist and Strong Tower Christian Fellowship; giveaways, resume workshop, information and services, food, haircuts, inflatables; The Clothes Closet open with coats and clothes for all sizes; free; (706)
790-8185

DESSERT WITH THE SPIRITS TOUR: 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, departing from The Book Tavern; featuring desserts at Sit-A-Spell Coffee House after tour; (706) 814-5333

NUBIAN KNIGHTS ANNUAL ANNIVERSARY/CHRISTMAS PARTY: 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, to Sunday, 2 a.m., HEAL Complex, Paine College; formal or semi formal attire; food and drinks served; $15 advance, $20 at door; Ray (706) 627-5495, Allen (706) 231-5015

HUMANITREE HOUSE PRE-KWANZAA CULTURAL COMMUNITY CELEBRATION: 2-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, Warren Road Community Center; (706) 394-0190, info@humanitreehouse.com

YOUR TECH, YOUR WAY: 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, Diamond Lakes Branch Library; bring your laptop or portable device – tablet, smartphone, e-reader, etc. – and receive one-on-one assistance from library staff and volunteers; free; registration required, begins Dec. 2; (706)
772-2432

EMPOWERING OUR FUTURE: LGBTQ YOUTH IN OUR SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, Jeff Maxwell Branch Library; sponsored by Georgia Equality; (706) 793-2020

HERITAGE DAY AT HERITAGE ACADEMY: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, Heritage Academy; celebrating the heritage of Houghton School; school tour; refreshments, memories, look at the present and a preview of the future of the school; free, open to the public; (706) 821-0034, honeill@heritageacademy augusta.org, HeritageAcademy Augusta.org

UPCOMING

HOLIDAYS OF THE WORLD: 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, Friedman Branch Library; learn about different holidays people across the world celebrate in December; songs and stories with Mr. Bill, Ms. Nancy and George the Guitar; for preschool to third grade; groups of six or more must register in advance; free; (706) 736-6758, ecgrl.org

PAGANISM: A LIFE LESS ORDINARY IN A SOUTHERN TOWN: 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, Jeff Maxwell Branch Library; with Elle Shepard; free, registration required; (706) 793-2020

MIYAZAKI – PRINCESS MONONOKE: 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, Jeff Maxwell Branch Library; anime film; free; (706) 793-2020

SANTA CLAUS AT THE MAXWELL LIBRARY: 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, Jeff Maxwell Branch Library; bring your cameras and get your picture taken with Santa Claus

DIAMOND LAKES EVENING BOOK GROUP: 6-7:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, Diamond Lakes Branch Library; contact the library for the book to be discussed; light refreshments provided; no registration necessary, but ask to be placed on a reminder call/e-mail list; (706) 772-2432

GAME NIGHT FOR TEENS: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, Diamond Lakes Branch Library; join friends at the library for board games; snacks provided; free; registration required, begins Dec. 2; for ages 12-17; (706) 772-2432

HOLIDAY CRAFTS FOR KIDS: 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Dec. 19, Diamond Lakes Branch Library; drop-in for make-in and take-in holiday crafts; all materials provided; free; registration for groups of six or more begins Dec. 2; for ages 1-11; (706) 772-2432

SCHOOL’S OUT MOVIE FOR TEENS: 3-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, Diamond Lakes Branch Library; movie rated PG or PG-13 on the library’s almost-big screen; call after Dec. 1 for movie title and rating; free; no registration; bring snacks; for ages 13-17; (706) 772-2432

SCHOOL’S OUT MOVIE: 2-4 p.m. Mondays, Dec. 23 and 30, Diamond Lakes Branch Library; movie rated G or PG on the library’s almost-big screen; call after Dec. 2 for movie title and rating; free; no registration; bring snacks; for all ages; (706) 772-2432

ONGOING

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS: Day meeting noon, night meeting 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library; free; Clarence Kendrick (706) 589-4446; schedule of all local meetings online; augustaaa.org

ARC GROWERS MEETING: 7:30-9 a.m. fourth Tuesdays excluding December, Forest Hills Golf Course; augustaga.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=200&month=5&year=2013&day=28&calType=0

AUGUSTA AREA NEWCOMERS CLUB COFFEE: 11 a.m. first Thursday of each month through May; free; for those new to the Augusta area; make new friends, enjoy activity groups, learn about and take part in local events; for more information, e-mail Hospitality@AugustaNewcomers.net

AUGUSTA COMMISSION MEETING: Augusta Commission formal meetings 2 p.m. first and third Tuesdays, commission chambers, eighth floor, municipal building, 530 Greene St.; Planning Commission meetings 3 p.m. first Mondays, Room 803; committee meetings noon second and last Mondays, committee room, eighth floor

AUGUSTA LAND BANK AUTHORITY MONTHLY MEETING: Work sessions 9 a.m. first Thursdays, regular sessions 2 p.m. third Wednesdays, Augusta Housing and Community Development Department, 925 Laney-Walker Blvd., second floor conference room

AUGUSTA PRIDE MEETING: 2-4 p.m. third Saturdays, Metropolitan Community Church of Our Redeemer, 557 Greene St.; augustapride.com

AUGUSTA RECYCLING COLLECTION: Recycle up to five tires and home electronics; third Saturdays, call for location; free; (855) GOT-TIRES, augustasolidwaste.com

AUGUSTA SOUTH ROTARY CLUB: Noon Tuesdays, Holiday Inn, Gordon Highway; to provide service to others, promote high ethical standards, advance world understanding, goodwill and peace; augustasouthrotary.org

CHARLIE NORWOOD VA MEDICAL CENTER TOASTMASTERS: 5-6:15 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays, Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center 7A Room 134, 950 15th St.; practice public speaking and leadership skills in a fun, supportive environment; free; (970) 581-7681

CIVIL WAR ROUNDTABLE OF AUGUSTA: 6 p.m. third Mondays, Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Road; open to anyone interested in exploring issues involved in the American Civil War; (706) 737-9115, gfy@gwenfulcheryoung.com

CSRA HUMANE SOCIETY PET ADOPTIONS: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, CSRA Humane Society, 425 Wood St.; home with a fenced yard required for dog adoptions; home inspection may be required; adoption fees $125 cats, $125-$175 dogs; (706) 261-PETS, csrahumanesociety.org

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE: 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, 823 Telfair St., Nicky McGarity, instructor, no registration required, free; 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Friedman Branch Library, free, (706) 736-6758

GED CLASSES: 5:30 p.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays (except Nov. 28 and Dec. 31), Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, 823 Telfair St.; register in class; PINES library card required; free

GEORGIA-CAROLINA TOASTMASTERS CLUB MEETING: Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays (except Christmas and Masters week), The Cotton Patch; ages 21 and older; free, open to the public; tasty and reasonably priced menu available; members rotate roles and enjoy a rotation of guided and evaluated assignments, all self-paced; (803) 593-6605, toastmasters.org

HEARING LOSS ASSOCIATION OF AUGUSTA, GA.: Social 5:30 p.m., meeting 6 p.m. third Mondays, through April, University Hospital dining rooms 1-3; (706) 737-0103, sites.google.com/site/hlaaugusta

HISTORIC TROLLEY TOURS OF AUGUSTA: 1:30-3:15 p.m. Saturdays, Augusta Museum of History, 560 Reynolds St., Augusta; tickets available at Augusta Visitors Center; $12, includes museum admission; reservations required; (706) 724-4067, bit.ly/S1QyIJ

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, Covenant Presbyterian Church; free; (907) 854-1509

RIVERWALK TOASTMASTERS: Public speaking and leadership club meeting 7 p.m. Mondays, University Hospital Education Wing, third floor, Room 3; (706) 855-1081, 7106.toastmastersclubs.org

SPANISH CLASS – BEGINNER: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays, Friedman Branch Library; free, registration required; (706) 736-6758

SPANISH CLASS – INTERMEDIATE: 3:30-5 p.m. Mondays, Friedman Branch Library; free; (706) 736-6758

ST. STEPHEN’S MINISTRY OF AUGUSTA INC. BOARD MEETINGS: 5:30 p.m. third Mondays, 924 Greene St.

STORYTIME TUESDAYS: 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Friedman Branch Library; best for ages 5 and under; registration required for groups of six or more; free; (706) 736-6758, ecgrl.org

YOGA: 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Dec. 30, Jeff Maxwell Branch Library; Ame Johnson, instructor; simple postures and mudras; bring a towel, a yoga mat and wear a comfortable outfit; have an empty stomach at least for 2 hours prior to class; reservations required; (706) 814-1129

YOGA FOR BEGINNERS (ADULT): 11 a.m. Saturdays, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library; free, registration required; sponsored by the CSRA Vegetarian Society; (706) 814-1129; (706) 814-1129, ecgrl.com

YOGA FOR KIDS: 10 a.m. Saturdays, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library; meditation, breathing techniques and yoga poses; benefit from increased mental concentration while having fun and learning how to be healthy; registration required; sponsored by the CSRA Vegetarian Society; free; (706) 814-1129, ecgrl.com


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